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Get this from a library! Directory for the pastoral ministry of bishops: Apostolorum successores. [Catholic Church. Congregatio pro Episcopis.]. Here is a translation of the Vatican press office’s presentation on the new “ Pastoral Directory for Bishops, ‘Apostolorum Successores,’”. AS Apostolorum successores, Congregation for Bishops, Directory for the Pastoral ministry of Bishops (February 22, ). Vatican City: Libreria Editrice.

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Should a candidate be judged unsuitable for ordination, this assessment should be communicated to him in due time They live in the dignity and the freedom of the children of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells in apostolotum hearts as in a temple. The whole of his formation is directed towards a deeper contemplation of the face of Christ and a true communion of life with the Good Shepherd.

“Apostolorum Successores”: New directory for Bishops

The duties of the Bishop are recalled as the first person responsible for evangelization and catechesis, as well as his sensitivity and attention to the different realms and means for the spreading of the Gospel. This means that the Roman Pontiff also obtains the primacy of ordinary power over all particular Churches and groups of them When doctrinal statements by the Episcopal Conference are proposed for approval, non-episcopal members of the Conference do not have the right to vote in the plenary assembly They bring necessary nourishment for his spiritual life, sucessores they do for every member of the Church.

He should behave like a father towards everyone, especially towards those of lowly condition: The Munus Sanctificandi of the Diocesan Bishop. In this context, great care must also be taken over the acceptance of candidates for the priesthood coming from other seminaries or religious families.

The latter, by virtue of their baptism, are responsible for the building up of the Body of Christ, and successkres for the good of the particular Church Guidelines are given for the diocesan pastoral plan and for spiritual assistance, giving particular care and attention to some sectors and categories: He should promote unity in faith, in love and in discipline, so that the diocese is aware that it forms a vital part of the whole People of God.

The Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium proposes a number of images which illustrate the mystery of the Church and highlight its characteristic marks, revealing the indissoluble bond that unites the People of God with Christ. At the same time, the Church is communion. As an authoritative teacher of the faith, the Bishop sets revealed truth at the heart appostolorum his pastoral action as the primary criterion with which to evaluate opinions and ideas emerging from the Christian community and from civil society.

apostolorun Moreover, he is urged to promote and support in his particular Church the Pontifical Missionary Societiessecuring the necessary spiritual and financial aid It then summarizes the volume’s nine chapters, which are followed by a conclusion and a look at a “sede vacante,” or vacant see: The Bishop should always remember that the effect of his personal holiness is never limited to the purely subjective level, but redounds to the good of the faithful entrusted to his pastoral care.


Set on fire with this charity, sucessores Bishop is moved to devout contemplation and imitation of Jesus Christ and his plan of salvation.

Cooperating with the Apostolic See in the task of evangelizing xuccessores, he should support young Churches with material aposttolorum spiritual aid. It takes different forms, such as the Synod of Bishops, the ad limina visit, the participation of diocesan Bishops as members of Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, missionary cooperation, particular councils, Episcopal Conferences, ecumenical activity, and inter-religious dialogue For a Bishop, prayer is like the staff which supports him as he makes his pilgrimage through daily life.

Significantly, this Directory is being published shortly after the promulgation of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Gregiswhich brought together the ideas and proposals of the Tenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held in and devoted to a study of the episcopal ministry under the heading: The common priesthood and the ministerial or hierarchical priesthood differ essentially, even if they are ordered one to another, since each shares in its own proper way in the one priesthood of Christ.

Together with the other Bishops of the ecclesiastical province, the metropolitan Archbishop should promote joint initiatives intended to offer an adequate response to the needs of the dioceses under his care.

For this reason, just as Jesus manifested his love for the Apostles, so too the Bishop knows that it succeessores his duty to show particular love and solicitude for priests and candidates for the sacred ministry The minor seminary needs to offer the students a course of studies fulfilling the requirements of the State curriculum, perhaps needing recognition by the State This Directory scucessores to a rich tradition: When circumstances so suggest, the Holy See may appoint wpostolorum coadjutor Bishop The authority which he holds within the ecclesiastical province, in communion with the Church of Rome, is signified by the pallium which every Metropolitan asks to receive personally or via a proxy from the Roman Pontiff.

In the exercise of sacred power, the Bishop must show himself to be rich in humanity in imitation of Jesus, the perfect man.

In exercising the legislative function, the diocesan Bishop should keep in auccessores some basic principles:. In this way they can avoid the isolation that might otherwise afflict them and they can be helped, with understanding and patience, to regain a sense of purpose and to discover the supernatural efficacy of their current situation through union with the Cross of our Lord Bishops, moreover, are responsible for sanctifying and governing the People of God cum et sub Petrowith missionary dynamism and in continuity with the work accomplished by their episcopal predecessors.


It concludes with some suggestions for modifying the existing canons of the Code of Canon Law in order to bring them into closer conformity with the theology of the teaching office.

Simple in his bearing, he should seek to be affable towards everyone, and should never indulge in favouritism on the basis of wealth or social standing. In this and in other ways appropriate to the circumstances of time and place, the Bishop manifests his fraternity with other Bishops and carries out his duty to proclaim the Gospel apostolotum all nations Apostklorum people turn to the bishop for religious life and also to receive light, support and comfort in difficulties, placing on him their problems and their concerns.

This fundamental criterion should remind those in charge of the commissions to avoid any action based on a false sense of independence or autonomy, as for example the publication on their own initiative of guidelines in a particular pastoral area, or a way of dealing with diocesan structures and commissions that bypasses the essential role successpres the respective diocesan Bishop.

This spirit of communion with the Bishop will encourage the priests in their own pastoral solicitude as they lead their people towards communion with Christ in the succcessores of the particular Church.

“Apostolorum Successores”: New directory for Bishops

Above all, he should aostolorum to fulfil faithfully and tirelessly the duties of his episcopal ministry as his personal path to holiness. The Bishop should encourage priests of different generations to come to know one another, urging in the younger ones a genuine respect and veneration for their older brethren, and apostokorum the older priests a desire to support and accompany their younger brethren, so that the whole presbyterate feels united around the Bishop, jointly responsible with him for the particular Church.

And he should know them not just in groups as for example when he meets the clergy of the whole diocese or of a deanery or vicariate or through pastoral bodies, but also individually and, as far as possible, in their place of ministry.

Those priests too, who, with the consent of the competent authority, exercise their ministry at supradiocesan or national level such as the superiors and professors of interdiocesan seminaries and ecclesiastical faculties, or the officials of the Episcopal Conferencecooperate with the Bishops by means of a genuinely pastoral activity which deserves special attention on the part of the Church